MLS and FC Barcelona announced today that the storied Spanish Club is withdrawing its bid to enter the League in 2010. Citing the economy and market conditions, the parties mutually agreed to walk away from the proposed Miami franchise. We have previously posted about the viability of the South Florida market. With Barcelona out of the way, things are definitely looking up for Vancouver, St. Louis and Portland. According to this post at the 24th minute, Vancouver and Portland have wrapped up the slots for the next round of expansion.
In other news, tickets for the June World Cup Qualifier against Honduras have gone on sale. The game is scheduled for Soldier Field, and interestingly, will be shown on ESPN Classic and Galavision. ESPN seems to be playing games here. There is no good reason this game isn’t on ESPN or ESPN2, other than using Classic as a pseudo pay per view. Based on the ratings from the last qualifier, the Sports Leader is counting on a big increase in subscribers for Classic because of the game.
Finally, according to a story in the Daily Free Press, the Revs seem to be weathering the economic slowdown quite well. The paper interviewed Liz Summers, the Revs’ director of communication:
“[Soccer] have not been affected as you may have seen others,” she said. “It’s an entirely different season ticket pack, discounted regardless of the economy. We’re a different entity because our value point, our price point, is at a much different level.”
Individual ticket prices range from about 15 to 20 dollars Summers said, and the Revolution also offers free parking, which helps keep them “a little bit of a different entity.”
“Season ticket sales are on par, if not ahead,” she said. “In ticket sales we’re doing very well. Soccer is still growing. There’s a line of cities trying to get into the door to get teams.”
Summers also said the Revolution has long-term deals for advertising and are increasing their advertising to online, adjusting to where the marketing deals are. That specific move has nothing to do with the economic issues, she said.